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Family Fun Activities

Family Activities

There are a lot of fun things to do at Morris Arboretum for adults, kids and families. Check out some of our Family Fun Activities that are geared towards kids during their visit and engage the whole family. Download and print the activity PDFs and bring them with you the next time you come to visit Morris Arboretum, or Go Green, View it on Screen! Click here for Special Events.


Bee Happy - Hunt for the LEGO™ Bees

Bees are buzzing all around the Arboretum! This year’s scavenger hunt features LEGO® bees constructed by members of ColonialLUG (Registered LEGO® Users Group). Use the online map and see if you can find them all. Be sure to check out the motorized bee and flower in the Gift Shop window.



Arboretum Adventure

Hop, squirm, buzz, flap, and scamper your way around the Arboretum with animal guides. Learn how plants and animals support one another along the way! Completing all five activities will take you on an approximate 1.0 mile walk around the Arboretum. Most sites can be seen from the stroller and wheelchair accessible paths, but one animal leads to a grassy and hilly area.

Start your adventure

Arboretum Adventure

Tree Adventure & Out on a Limb
Generously supported by the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation.


Temporarily closed.

Get a bird’s eye view of the forest from 50 feet up, perched on a canopy walk high above ground level. Or scamper down onto the Squirrel Scramble, a huge hammock-like net where you can look down to the ground far below through the rope netting. Enter a Bird’s Nest and sit on giant robin’s eggs, just waiting to hatch. It’s all part of Morris Arboretum’s Tree Adventure exhibit, connecting us to the natural world, and themed to teach us that we need trees and trees need us.

Designed by Metcalfe Architecture & Design, the exhibit is a fully accessible, fascinating learning experience for both children and adults. Learn more about the green elements of the design here.

Host your next party at Out on a Limb! Learn more.


Your Guide to Tree Adventure

In 2019, Out on a Limb – A Tree Adventure Exhibit celebrated its 10th anniversary. This fall, new, exciting activities have been added to enhance this interactive experience for visitors of all ages. A new listening station has been added to Out on a Limb to enable visitors to “hear” the sounds of nature from the tree canopy, and new interpretative panels have been installed throughout the garden.

Download the activity guide!

Out on a Limb – A Tree Adventure Exhibit is supported by the Korman Family Foundation.

Your Guide to Tree Adventure

  • Tree Scientist
  • Tree Adventure
  • Kids Sculpture
  • Kids Wetlands
  • Growing Minds
  • Family Events

Family Activity Cards & Tours

Tree Scientist

Family Fun Cards: Be a Tree Explorer & Scientist

Learn how to become a Tree Scientist by making your own field book! Download the PDF activity card


Kids Sculpture

Kids Sculpture Tour (self-guided)

Activities and ideas to engage young visitors to think and interact creatively with the sculptures at Morris Arboretum. Download the PDF activity card


Wetlands Tour

Kids Wetlands Tour (self-guided)

Learn about what wetlands are and why they are important. This guide will teach you the history of the wetlands at Morris Arboretum and help you search for native plants. Identify wetland vegetation and local and migratory animals as you explore the area. Download the PDF activity card


Events for Kids & Families

Special events are scheduled all the time, check the calendar to see what we have upcoming. Learn more


Growing Minds Family Programs

Growing Minds classes inspire a sense of wonder about the natural world. They offer children and their caregivers the opportunity to connect meaningfully with nature, through a wide variety of creative and educational programs. Take a look and sign up for these programs that are certain to be enriching, fun, and memorable! Learn more


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Alerts & Updates


Advance Tickets Required for All Visitors (Including Members)

The Morris Arboretum is excited to announce that is reopening to the public on Thursday, June 18th. Members may reserve tickets starting Monday, June 15th with non-member tickets available Wednesday, June 17th. Please know that we are working to keep you as safe as we possibly can.

  • The City of Philadelphia mandates that all visitors age 2 and older wear face coverings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.
  • One-way circulation on paths to facilitate social distancing.
  • The Visitor Center, the Shop, and Compton Cafe are temporarily closed, but picnicking will be permitted in certain areas.
  • The Garden Railway, Out on a Limb, the Fernery and the Log Cabin are temporarily closed.
  • Restrooms are open and sanitized regularly.
  • Hand sanitizing stations throughout the Arboretum.
  • Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Guest passes, Library passes, and RAP reciprocal admissions are not accepted at this time.

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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